Windows Server

Disable IE Enhanced Security Configuration in Windows Server 2008

Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC)

Whether you just built a Windows Server 2008 Test system or your using Windows Server 2008 as a desktop (like me), Turning off or Disabling the IE Enhanced Security Configuration (also known as IE ESC) is one of the first things I always do.


The steps are simple.  If any questions arise, please feel free to start a new Topic in the Free Groovy Support Forum or leave a comment here.


1.   Close all instances of Internet Explorer.  Open Server Manager Windows Server Manager 2008 Icon and Click Configure IE ESC

Server Manager - Turn off IE Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC)


2.   Under Administrators, Click Off Radio Button and Click OK

Note: In most cases/uses, there is no need to turn off IE ESC for Users, however, if you plan to use the server for Terminal Services or a shared desktop OS, etc…  Select the Off Radio Button under Users as well.

Turn off IE Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC) Radio Options


All done!  Very straightforward and groovy eh?   Although the process is a bit different from previous Microsoft OSs, once you know where it’s hiding, it’s simple.


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  1. Daniel Anderson

    October 29, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Great Post, IE Enhanced Security Configuration is a pain in the neck if you are usign Server 2008 as a desktop OS.

  2. Tony

    October 30, 2008 at 9:01 am

    All good but, a warning to System Admins. You really shouldn’t be using IE from a production server anyway. We actually block Port 80 outbound for most of our production server farms.

  3. Tony

    October 30, 2008 at 9:07 am

    BTW – If you want to automate this (disable IE ESC) from command line – I found a nice blog post here:

    Nice for new server builds and such.

  4. MrGroove

    October 30, 2008 at 10:59 am

    @Daniel – Couldn’t agree with you more! :)

    @Tony – Thanks for the FYI – Link on the command line. I also agree with you about using PRODUCTION servers to browse websites. Not a good idea. Test servers however is a different story.

  5. jagadeeshnath

    November 1, 2008 at 3:29 am

    solved my issue thanks

  6. peg chambers

    January 5, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    i am trying to delete internet explorer 2008 and get into 2007

  7. Kamche

    June 23, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Easiest way to disable Enhanced Internet Explorer Security configuration for windows 2003,

    Go – >Tools -> Internet Options -> Tad Advanced – > Uncheck (Display Enhanced security configuration dialog)
    Apply -> Ok

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